Fleas and ticks are among the many annoying pests that can cause your pet discomfort, or even illness.
In recent years, the development of flea and tick control products that could be used in the home has done wonders for keeping these pests away from our pets.
Now the EPA is looking at these popular products and trying to determine whether their use needs to be managed differently to keep pets safe.
This new look at these products is the result of reports of over 44,000 adverse reactions which may be associated with these products. These adverse reactions range from skin irritation in mild cases, and seizures and even death.
The products under review are called “spot on” products: they are sold as liquids and applied to a specific location on the pet, unlike sprays, shampoos and flea and tick collars.
It is important to remember that these products contain powerful pesticides. To keep your pet safe while using these products, only use products specifically designed for your pet’s species and weight. For example, do not use products for dogs on cats and vice versa.
Always know your pet’s current weight and do not apply more than the recommended dosage. Never use these products on humans, or on your pet’s bedding. Always wash your hands thoroughly after applying these products or handling your pet.
Whenever you use one of these products, observe your pet carefully for at least 24 hours afterward. If you notice any signs of discomfort or skin irritation, discontinue use and contact your veterinarian immediately. If you have any questions about the right product to use for your pet, or what kinds of reactions to look for, talk with your veterinarian.